Seventh-inning comeback gives Akron 2-1 win against Altoona
(Akron, OH) April 26, 2014 – After trailing 1-0 for six and a half innings, a Joe Wendle double to right field sparked a rally for the RubberDucks, as they scored a pair of seventh-inning runs leading to a 2-1 win over Altoona at Canal Park on Saturday.
For the second consecutive game, Altoona got down to business early when Mel Rojas Jr., reached on a throwing error by Francisco Lindor in the top of the first that allowing the only Curve run. Lindor turned a double play to close the top of the second, leaving two Altoona runners stranded following back-to-back walks. The Curve held a 1-0 lead through the first six and a half innings.
Akron's bullpen made an impressive showing.. RHP Jordan Cooper (1-0) picked up the win after entering the game in the top of the sixth and retiring all six batters faced over two innings of work, including two back-to-back strikeouts. Cooper struck out three batters in two innings for the second time this season, the first coming in a game against Bowie on April 13.
RHP Shawn Armstrong was credited with his second save for the RubberDucks after striking out two batters in the closing frame, stranding a potential tying run at third who reached base on a walk.
In his fifth start of the season, RHP Cody Anderson lasted five innings and gave up four hits with an unearned run scored. Anderson walked three and struck out four. LHP Kyle Crockett contributed one inning of scoreless baseball and a strikeout of his own in the eighth inning.
LHP Brandon Mann (1-2) took the loss after working three innings of relief for Altoona. He allowed five hits and two earned runs while adding one walk and four strikeouts. Akron managed just three harmless hits off of Curve starterA.J. Morris in his five innings pitched as he struck out three RubberDucks and walked one.
The RubberDucks will send RHP Joe Colon (0-2, 3.18) to the mound for the final game of the series at Canal Park on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. RHP Adrian Sampson (3-1, 1.17) will make the start for the Curve.
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season is its 18th since moving to Canal Park and its first since becoming the RubberDucks. For more information and merchandise featuring the Akron RubberDucks, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.